Local Authority Postpones Landlord Licensing Consultation for General Election

A local authority has postponed its decision on whether to implement a licensing scheme for local landlords until after the date of the General Election.

Telford and Wrekin council intended to begin a consultation in April regarding proposals to implement a licensing scheme for local landlords. However, this has now been suspended until the 12th of June, four days after the date of the UK General Election recently announced by Teresa May.

The scheme had intended to charge landlords £610 each in order to obtain a five-year licence permitting them to serve the buy to let sector. However, since the snap election was announced by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, this decision has been delayed in order to get the election out of the way before concentrating on the proposal.

A spokesman for the council informed the area’s local media that the proposed five-year selective licensing scheme would help landlords and letting agents ‘improve their properties and improve the quality of life.’

The delay to the implementation of the scheme in the local authority is not the only area of the buy to let sector currently depending on the outcome of the General Election in June.

The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) recently applied to the Department of Communities and Local Government for an extension or postponement of its consultation on the banning of letting agents’ fees currently levied on tenants in England. This consultation is currently in progress, and is set to end on June 2, six days before the election outcome. However, the ARLA has yet to receive a response from the Department as to whether a postponement is likely.